June 21, 2012

Not just weather that's so very hot: Red Sox win 6 of 7

David Ortiz hits a grand slam among four homers for Boston in a 15-5 victory against Miami.

The Associated Press

BOSTON - David Ortiz hit a grand slam for one of the Red Sox's four homers Wednesday night as they set a season high in runs, beating the Miami Marlins 15-5 on the hottest day of the year in Boston.

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David Ortiz celebrates his grand slam with Red Sox teammates Ryan Kalish (55), Adrian Gonzalez and Daniel Nava (66), who all scored during the fourth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Fenway Park on Wednesday.

The Associated Press

TODAY’S GAME

WHO: Miami Marlins (Zambrano 4-5) at Boston Red Sox (Matsuzaka 0-2)

WHEN: 7:10 p.m.

TELEVISION: NESN

Mike Aviles, Jarod Saltalamacchia and Will Middlebrooks also homered, one night after Ortiz hit one of Boston's three homers in a 7-5 victory against Miami.

With a game-time temperature of 95 degrees, the Red Sox pounded out 16 hits and won their fourth straight game and sixth in their last seven. They moved out of last place in the AL East at 35-33, passing Toronto.

The Marlins lost for the 12th time in 14 games despite four runs and nine hits in six innings against Felix Doubront (8-3).

Ricky Nolasco (6-6) of Florida gave up nine runs and nine hits in 31/3 innings.

The Red Sox have scored at least seven runs in four of their last six games.

Aviles's three-run homer gave Boston a 3-2 lead in the second. In the third, Cody Ross' three-run double, on which Ortiz hustled home where the throw hit him and bounced away from catcher John Buck, made it 6-2.

Then Ortiz's 11th career grand slam and 18th homer of the year highlighted a six-run fourth that put Boston on top 12-4. Daniel Nava was on base at the time with one of his four singles.

Before the game, Miami Manager Ozzie Guillen said he wouldn't change his lineup to help stop the slide. His offense has been better, scoring five runs in each game of the series after going 12 straight with four runs or less. But even when they scored, it wasn't always easy.

Buck hit his fifth homer, a solo shot that made it 13-5 in the seventh, but immediately clutched his right hamstring and trotted slowly around the bases. He remained in before leaving for a pinch hitter in the ninth.

For the second straight game, the Marlins led 2-0. They scored in the first on singles by Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez, and a double-play grounder by Giancarlo Stanton. They added a run in the second on a double by Justin Ruggiano, a single by Omar Infante and a groundout by Gaby Sanchez.

But the Red Sox jumped ahead by four runs after three innings.

Then the Marlins cut it to 6-4 in the fourth on a solo homer by Logan Morrison, who drove in all five runs on Tuesday, and an RBI groundout by Sanchez.

Boston drove Nolasco from the game in the fourth when singles by Aviles, Nava and Ryan Kalish produced a run. After a single by Adrian Gonzalez loaded the bases, Ortiz homered for the third straight game, a grand slam off Chris Hatcher. Saltalamacchia's 13th homer finished the inning.

NOTES: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia missed the game as a precaution after feeling discomfort in his right hand on his last at-bat in Tuesday night's win.

 

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